Honoring Newington Volunteer Dawn Pelletier

Assignment: Cat Assistant, Foster Field Trips
Length of Service: 23 Years 

If I was a CHS pet, my kennel card would say… I’m a ginger… and like all ginger cats, prone to crazy behavior, high energy and getting into trouble. 

My best tip for working with the animals is… Patience….There’s nothing like cleaning a cage, replacing all the food, water and blankets then turning around 2 minutes later, and that cute little kitten destroyed it all. 

My favorite things to do outside of CHS are… I’ve been involved in country dancing for over 25 years, it has become a large part of my life and granted me a whole new “dance family”. Hiking has also become a new passion for me over the past few years.  

The thing that surprised me the most about working with pets was… How much spending just a small amount of time with an animal can affect me. Sometimes it only takes 5 minutes to fall in love with one of those sweet dogs or cats. They just touch your heart. 

If I won the lottery I would… I would find a way to rescue/transport from all the shelters in the less fortunate areas of the country. It breaks my heart to see the high kill shelters looking for help.